Lib Dem loses election candidacy after rant against senior Tories

Mr Milne said he "deeply regrets" the comments

Monday, September 16, 2019

A Liberal Democrat has been deselected to represent the party at a general election after he suggested senior Conservatives be “burned at the stake”.

Galen Milne will no longer stand as a candidate for Banff and Buchan after making the comments on social media.

The rant was directed at Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brexiteer frontbenchers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove, former International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and ex-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davies.

His post reportedly read: "Johnson, Fox, Gove, Davis, Rees-Mogg should be hung, drawn and quartered, with each quarter being sent to the 4 corners of the UK to be burned at the stake".

Mr Milne, who stood for the constituency in 2017 but lost out to David Duguid, is also said to have described Conservative MPs as "Tory rats" who "rear their ugly heads".

Following his removal as candidate, Mr Milne apologised and said: “I deeply regret the offensive statements on social media”.

Jacob Rees-Mogg responded on Twitter and appeared to make light of the incident.

He wrote: "Typical Lib Dem. Mr Milne should get his facts straight. As Lord President of the Council, I am entitled to the privilege of being beheaded."

A spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats said Mr Milne’s language was “unacceptable and offensive” and confirmed that he would not be put forward by the party at the next general election.

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